Comic 7 - Got a Light?
18th Jul 2012, 10:20 PM in Crash
Got a Light?
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Don't know how fast I'll be putting up pages. We'll find out!

There's three ways to talk about how old someone is.

One is to use a standard unit of time. Unity uses the their capital homeworld's orbital length (around 500 days).

But some races live a lot longer than others. Someone 10 Unity years old might be a full adult of their species, or barely a child.

That's why the Star Federation uses "centigens". A generation is defined as the average age of the mothers having a firstborn. So, for a modern human, probably around 20 years.

A centigen is generally 1% of that. So for a human, 50 centigens would be about 10 years old. However, it can be tweaked by a species so that the target ages are met at the right time. IE, you can't get a light spacecraft learner permit until you're 75 centigens. Some species may tweak how fast you age so as to allow for that to be older or younger than the norm.

The third way is used when talking about species with unusual lifecycles, such as a plant species which has its young before it learns to talk or such.

THE MORE YOU KNOW.
User comments:
cattservant
No light, apparently. You would think that well appointed armor would have a built in lighter!
pensivedragon
Yay! New page!
What are those odd aircraft in the top panel? Are those some sort of Unity Hovercraft?

Can I ask about a dragon alien avatar yet? I think it has been a week since I last asked :P
view
Yeah, thanks for the reminder. I should be able to do them tomorrow.
view
Ehhh, it makes the math easier. It's somewhere around that.
my biological clock... she grows louder
pensivedragon
Hmmm, I wonder if Poison Monkey's actually exibit any more simian characteristics than "normal" humans do? Such as having a tail? I just looked, and did not see anything that proves Iri does not have one. Or, perhaps hand-like feet. The one shot that shows feet is distorted beyond all recognition.
pensivedragon
Awww :(
Monkey Feet coulda been so much fun. Especially if any significant parts of this comic take place in Zero Gravity.
view
The reason is because otherwise there might be comparisons to Dragon Ball when you find out that she has superpowers.
pensivedragon
Gah! Spoilers!
*Plugs Ears*... Wait... *covers Eyes instead*

Still though, I could have totally pictured Iri chain smoking with all 4 limbs. Or even better a Different vice in each hand. A cigaret, a drink, a porno mag, and a vibrator. Lol. Ah well, its all good. Maybe some other alien race can have that kind of fun :P

Mind you, I actually hate smoking, but I am betting what with all the radiation on Iri's homeworld, she is in no particular danger of getting cancer from the cigs due to some sort of awsome immune system? Otherwise her race would be just a mess of mutated freaks. Of course, maybe they are :P
pensivedragon
Hmmm, I was never much of a dragon ball fan. But Didn't goku have normal feet, and no tail as well? (I think he had a tail when he was younger but lost it for some reason?)
JasperWB
There was a time I knew the answer to everything DBZ related. I should really rewatch both series again. Has to be old school dubs though.

Also Iri sounds pretty badass if he pegged her that well. If one hand could also hold a firearm, I really am excited for this story.
JasperWB
I like this comic so far. And I at least am happy she doesn't have hairy monkey hand-feet. Not an appealing quality ever. Ever. EVER.
JasperWB
I think they may even be worse without hair. They'd sent Iri here right into the Uncanny Valley. And that place is full of Japanese robots.
pensivedragon
Bah, you've already won anyway, View said she has normal feet. Leave my my dreams :P I have read many sci-fi books where some class of meta-humans had that distinguishing feature and always found it a cool idea.
cattservant
On the subject of hands for feet; Did you ever read this or this before?
JasperWB
...Me? Not in the slightest, no. If something matters, I never seem to have heard of it.
JasperWB
Oh good. If people in the stories also climb on walls with their hands and hand-feet to prey on others, I may never sleep again lol
I'm curious as to how all these different species are able to understand each other. Do we have translator-like devices that are a part of everyone? I'd assume that learning another species' language would be nigh-impossible because they wouldn't share the same speaking mechanisms. Or is it just f***ing magic?
DarkGod75
They have fishes in their ears, duh. Now get your towel!
view
They're all speaking common. The green people only have a few people who learned it so far.
Sort of like in Star Wars where English is "Basic"?
view
Are you seriously going to complain that the comic is in English? Yeah, there's NO precedent for that.

Whatever.
Sheela
Besides, the way English is making it's way in trade around the world, it wouldn't be all that weird to see it as "basic" language once we hit deep space.
DarkGod75
I'm trying to think of a name for the far right guard in the first panel...
cattservant
I propose the whole class be referred to as Unistoopers*



*(Unity Storm Troopers)
AlfaFoxtail
perspective, but wouldn't she be able to squeeze by those bars with a little lube? They just seem far apart enough for it to happen (fail english is fail) XD
cattservant
They are probably carrying a charge. Zap! goes the Poison Monkey!
cattservant
The Space Pulp Milieu equivalent of Nicotiana or something more stimulating?
view
It contains all your recommended diet of radioactive sulphur isotopes!
cattservant
That reminds me of the old Sci-Fi short story about the fellow who was sent back in time to capture a unicorn. When he arrived he couldn't breath because there wasn't enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere!
Ardhanarishvara
Iri from behind kind of looks like View holding a short pen.

Or View from in front kind of looks like Iri holding a really long cigarette.

Cannot unsee similarities.
Aww Damnit. Now I can not unsee hotdog head. :( It is even the right colour!

Grrrr, thanks a lot >_<
JasperWB
I see it in the last panel. You need to add the green eyes to your avatar all glowy under the hair, and the plotting hands to Iri.
pensivedragon
I second the motion. A new View avatar for a new comic! Or at least add colour to the current one?
cattservant
@view: I think that's the nicest compliment you've ever given the Commenteers!